Next Generation Society. Technological and Legal Issues. Third International Conference, e-Democracy 2009, Athens, Greece, September 23-25, 2009, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Supporting Rural Citizens’ Access to Knowledge: One More Aspect of e-Democracy

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-11631-5_28,
        author={Pavlos Koulouris and Sofoklis Sotiriou},
        title={Supporting Rural Citizens’ Access to Knowledge: One More Aspect of e-Democracy},
        proceedings={Next Generation Society. Technological and Legal Issues. Third International Conference, e-Democracy 2009, Athens, Greece, September 23-25, 2009, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={E-DEMOCRACY},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Lifelong learning rural areas teacher development local initiative change capacity building},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-11631-5_28}
    }
    
  • Pavlos Koulouris
    Sofoklis Sotiriou
    Year: 2012
    Supporting Rural Citizens’ Access to Knowledge: One More Aspect of e-Democracy
    E-DEMOCRACY
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-11631-5_28
Pavlos Koulouris1,*, Sofoklis Sotiriou1,*
  • 1: Research and Development Department, Ellinogermaniki Agogi
*Contact email: pkoulouris@ea.gr, sotiriou@ea.gr

Abstract

The paper considers the potential offered by lifelong learning as a tool for capacity building and development in rural areas, especially through the exploitation of contemporary technologies. The challenges and opportunities connected with small rural schools are particularly focused upon, and teachers working in them are proposed as ideal change agents potentially powerful to catalyse bottom-up developmental initiatives in the local context. The experiences from a series of relevant teacher professional development initiatives in this direction are presented, and some of the main findings and questions arising are summarised.